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William

Seattle, WA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Elsewhere: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Richard Russo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    Anyone familiar with Richard Russo's acclaimed novels will recognize Gloversville, once famous for producing that eponymous product and anything else made of leather. This is where the author grew up, the only son of an aspirant mother and a charming, feckless father who were born into this close-knit community. But by the time of his childhood in the 1950s, prosperity was inexorably being replaced by poverty and illness (often tannery-related), with everyone barely scraping by under a very low horizon.

    William says: "Elsewhere---but not far enough"
    "Elsewhere---but not far enough"
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    I like Russo's fiction. Period. So, I thought I'd give his nonfiction a try. I chose the wrong one. Something about his mother, fine. What's a memoir without mom? But half-way into the book I realized this wasn't as much a memoir as it was a biography of Russo's mother and it wasn't going to change. Russo's mom is--well, tiresome and she stays in character till the bitter end. I felt sorry for Russo but writing this painful non-memoir was probably therapeutic. Also, I generally avoid books read out loud by the author. A good writer doesn't (often) make for a good reader. It seems counterintuitive but my worst listeniing experiences have been with authors as readers. Oh well...back to Russo's fiction, which I highly recommend!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bank Shot: A Dortmunder Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    With the help of an unusual set of cronies, bank robber John Dortmunder puts a set of wheels under a trailer that just happens to be the temporary site of the Capitalists' & Immigrants' Trust and hauls it away. But when the safe won't open and the cops get close, Dortmunder realizes he's got to find a place to ditch the "bank".

    Alex says: "great story - well narrated!!!"
    "The Best"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's funny and clever.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Making the unbelievable believable.


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    Each character voice was unique and seemed appropriate.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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